Initiation is a Crap-Art Album-A-Day project. It consists of seven songs which were written and recorded within a 24 hour period. The songs were recorded using Adobe Audition on a PC. The instruments used were a keyboard, bass guitar, electric guitar and a microphone. The guitar sounds were recorded via a Roland Cube amplifier. All drum sounds were played manually on the keyboard - no pre-existing drum loops were used.
June 3, 2010
Brit Pop eats Muse
Here we have another Crap Art project, 20 minutes long it certainly lasts the duration but only 7 songs, is it filler or killer? The first thing that interested me was the fact that the tracks don't appear in the order that they were wrote with the artist, Dave, choosing to rearrange the order of the album. Not a main point but one that is rather interesting.
On to the music. The first track, Daybreak is a good introduction to the rest of the album with some nice piano and keyboard parts and more than passable lyrics and vocals with some basic but welcome drums. The second track ups the game in the instrument stake with some brilliantly inspiring, muse-esque, keyboard segments. Road Rage shows the artist having a bit of fun, bass and drums give the track some energy but the vocals unfortunately lack conviction. Twilight is another masterful keyboard track, mesmerising in parts with a haunting mid section that seems to turn the room ice cold on listening, definitely a highlight of the album. The Eye is a stunning example of the artists technical ability but I can't help feel that as the last song written and the fact that this track is purely instrumental, the artist was running out of inspiration as the AAD deadline was approaching. There with you, the first song written, is the exact opposite, inspired to the core with good vocal parts and the usual keyboard excellence displayed on the rest of the album, the drums also seem to add the most on this track. The final track is an exciting departure for the album with a very upbeat tempo and main riff. Unfortunately the artist sounds like he's stretching the vocals a bit too much, which is a shame as the rest of the song is rather pleasurable.
Highlights: Twilight & Life's Little Mysteries
Overall: A good first effort at the AAD project from a technically excellent musician. Well worth a listen.